USA: Planting season off and running

Published May 13, 2024

Tridge summary

Despite cool and wet conditions in April, Mid-Atlantic and New York farmers have successfully planted a significant portion of their corn and wheat crops, showing notable progress compared to previous years. Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio have outpaced their average planting rates, with Ohio also leading in soybean planting. Michigan's progress is in line with its average. However, New York's planting is lagging due to cold and rain, though some farms have shifted to early soybean planting and are experiencing good yields from winter wheat.

Farmers are encouraged to scan their fields for uniformity in emergence and planting depth to ensure optimal yield. They are also cautious about slug infestations, which can lead to significant crop damage. Measures such as planting at the correct soil temperature, ensuring good furrow closure, and using slug traps and baits are recommended to prevent slug-related issues. Despite the challenges, the region's farmers remain hopeful for a good growing season, having learned from the lessons of the previous year.
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Original content

There weren’t many dry, sunny days in April. But just a few days of hot, dry weather can turn things around in a hurry. “We were very cold early on. However, the last week and a half, two weeks, have been really pretty much ideal planting conditions,” says Jonathan Rotz, a Corteva agronomist covering south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania. The most recent USDA Crop Progress Report shows 23% of corn in Pennsylvania in the ground, ahead of the five-year average of 14%. In Maryland, 51% of the corn is in the ground, ahead of the state average of 33% for this time of year, and 24% of soybeans are planted, also ahead of the five-year pace. Wheat is 65% headed. The average is 32% heading this time of year. Growers in Ohio are also ahead of schedule with 26% of corn planted, ahead of the 12% five-year average, and 20% of soybeans are planted, ahead of the 10% average for this time of year. Wheat jointing is at 92%, also ahead of the five-year average. In Michigan, 16% of corn is ...
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